The 12 Best Online Sources for Buying Lamp Shades

updated Nov 6, 2023
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The great thing about lots of lighting, from rattan pendants to table lamps, plug-in sconces to chandeliers, is that all it takes to reinvent a fixture is a new shade. Options for replacement shades run the gamut — neutral versus bold colors, patterned versus solids, pleated versus smooth. Heck, you can even choose something with fringe or ribbons on it if you’re looking for some extra flair. The biggest question isn’t what but where to find the best shade.

Unless you live in New York City and can walk into one of the many lighting stores on Bowery, your best bet when replacing a lamp shade may be online sources. But lest we let you go at it without any guidance, here’s a guide to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Do you have a lamp shade source that you swear by that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

Best Overall Selection: Lamps Plus

This virtual lighting superstore has over 19,000 search results for “lamp shade,” so there’s bound to be something in stock that suits your taste. Besides basic plain shades in a multitude of sizes, you’ll find exclusive giclée styles for under $100 in all the patterns you could possibly want these days — palm leaves, pineapples, and graphic triangles, for starters. There’s even a selection of pre-made trims for sprucing up old shades. Before you buy, search for a discount code or a store coupon here.

Best Splurge: The Shade Shop

Charlottesville, Virginia-based The Shade Shop has, as you’ve guessed, lamp shades. But these aren’t just any ‘ol shades. The company, which has been in business for more than two decades, carries designer pieces from Gucci to Versace, so you can expect to pay a pretty penny, but you’ll also score beautiful, standout prints. Also, the shop touts having the largest in-stock selection of Fermoie lamp shades in the U.S.

If one of the thousands of lamp shades available on The Shade Shop doesn’t appeal to you, there are also custom options. They’ll use your own material to create a truly one-of-a-kind piece to compliment your home.

Best Vintage-Inspired: Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

Old house lovers are probably familiar with this Portland-based brand’s period-appropriate metal and glass shades for sconces, flush mounts, and pendants alike. But Schoolhouse Electric also has some great fabric options as well in three different sizes.

Best Curation: Shades of Light

This Virginia-based company specializes in lighting, and its shade selection doesn’t disappoint in terms of both sizes and styles. If you’re looking for higher-end features like gold foil lining and dimensional stitching or unusual shapes like faceted hexagons and flared bells, this is the place. Shades of Light is also home to the lighting line by beloved bloggers John and Sherry Peterson of Young House Love, which includes several colorful drum shades.

Best Budget-Friendly: The Home Depot

The home superstore has pages upon pages of shades on its website, from the classic off-white shade to turquoise blue shades, there’s something for everyone. There are prints, a variety of materials, and almost every color under the sun. And what’s the best part? The vast majority of these lamp shades are under $60, so you don’t have to break the bank.

Best Embellished: Anthropologie

Who knew Anthro’s boho vibes also extended to their small but super unique collection of shades? Like the retailer’s clothing and linens, texture and embellishment are key. You’ll find styles sporting pom poms, tufting, tassels, metallic foil, and embroidery. Snag one of these guys, and you can pretty much guarantee your neighbors aren’t going to have the same shade.

Best Made to Order: Etsy

This crafty marketplace is still a great resource for reasonably-priced custom shades. Say you want something made of mud cloth and don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for it at a boutique, chances are you can find a maker on Etsy to DIY it for you. The same is true for “to-the-trade” fabrics.

Best for the Classics: Ballard Designs

Ballard Designs is straight out of Atlanta, and if there’s anything Southern design does best, it’s modern traditional. So for classic silhouettes in pretty neutral hues, Ballard is your best friend.

Best for a Pop of Color: Target

With a mix of bold colors like mint, lime green, olive, and orange as well as more subdued hues, including navy, white and black, all at an affordable price, Target has a can’t-miss selection. Fun prints, like this reptile version, are available, too.

Best High Design: One Kings Lane

Bunny Williams shades mingle with lesser-known but equally stylish options from Bradburn Gallery Home and an impressive collection of finials. Yes, One Kings Lane can be a bit pricy, but everything I’ve ever bought from the once-flash site has been good quality and arrived as described. If you can wait for a major national holiday, the site usually runs sitewide 20 percent off specials.

Best Online Superstore: Wayfair

Light shades on Wayfair run the gamut in terms of colors, styles, and designs. There are tons of options, even in the 4 to 6-inch chandelier shade size, which can be tricky to find elsewhere. Since AllModern is part of the Wayfair family of brands, you can expect to find modern styles alongside the typical cotton and linen looks. And you can’t beat the free shipping over $49 policy.

Best Vintage: Chairish

Mid-century woven wood drum shade, anyone? When only one-of-a-kind or vintage will do, Chairish has a nice selection of shades, mainly from the 1950s and 1960s, in materials ranging from silk to grasscloth. There are also some newer styles here, too, in fabrics from heavy hitters like Schumacher and Brunschwig & Fils.